Sgt Frank Adamson 831864
Royal Artillery, 1st Armoured Division
Son of Mrs Adamson, of 5 Dunelm Road Thornley
Born 1908; enlisted 16/10/43. Captured in North Africa, Libya 16/3/42 Held: Camps 73 and 53 Italy. Mentioned in one of my father's letters from Camp 53. Stalag 4B in early 1945 German POW number 225761.

Pte George E Ashford 5383582
1st Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Son of Mr T Ashford, 77 Dunelm Road, Thornley.
Captured with the British Expeditionary Force in France, June 1940. Called up: 1939. Held at Stalag 20B, Marienburg, in early 1945. German POW number 7257. Sunderland Echo 27/6/40: 'Mr Thomas Ashford, of Dunhelm Road, Thornley, has received official intimation that his son, Pte George E Ashford, of the 1st Bucks Regiment, is reported missing. Pte Ashford was in the Territorials before the war broke out and was working at Slough, Bucks.' Reported POW, Sunderland Echo 5/8/40.

Chief Petty Officer William Blakemore
Royal Navy
Sunderland Echo 5/9/41: 'CPO William Blakemore (35), Son of Mrs Blakemore of the Aged Miners' Cottages, Thornley, reported Prisoner of War.' Sunderland Echo 22/9/41: 'Mrs W Blakemore, Aged Miners' Homes, Thornley has been informed that the previous information she received to the effect that PO Blakemore was a Prisoner of War is not correct. This related to another person called Blakemore. PO Blakemore must therefore still be regarded as missing.' Photo on next page.

Bandsman D Bolam
Of 8 Nelson St, Thornley, Sunderland Echo 11/7/42.:’Missing in Hong Kong, now reported Prisoner of War’.

Pte Reginald Craggs
Black Watch
Son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Craggs, Thornlaw South, Thornley
Of Sixth Street, Wheatley Hill, according to the Sunderland Echo, where he was reported missing 17/7/40. Reported POW in Sunderland Echo 28/8/40. Captured with the British Expeditionary Force in France, June-July 1940.

Pte William Dawson 4393555
4th Battalion Green Howards
Son of William ‘Ginger’ and Meg Dawson, of The Railway Tavern, Thornley. Enlisted 15/3/40; captured Gazala, 1/6/42. Held in Camps 85 and 70, Italy and Stalag’s 4B and 4C, Germany, coal mine workcamp at Brux between 25/10/43 and 7/5/45. German POW No 251765.

L/Cpl Tom English 4461730
16th Battalion DLI
Nelson Street, Thornley
One of a number of 16th DLI men who were captured by ELAS Communist forces in Greece in December 1945 and held by them for over a month before being released.

Pte C 'Kit' Haswell
Possibly 4458158 Pte C Haswell
9th Battalion Durham Light Infantry
Captured at Dunkirk
Possibly Stalag 344, Lamsdorf, in early 1945, German POW number 12883.

Pte J K Hoole 4453350
Army Air Corps (paratrooper)
Son of Mr and Mrs Hoole, of 68 Thornlaw South, Thornley.



Thornley POWS, a Provisional Listing
Frank Adamson, Thornley POW newspaper item
Pte William Dawson, Railway Tavern, Thornley

Pte William Dawson, 4th Battalion, Green Howards, of The Railway Tavern, Thornley. Photograph courtesy of Bob Dawson.